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10 reasons to NOT live with your aging parents

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Sure, you love them—but . . .

  1. Rush Limbaugh
  2. Fox News Network
  3. Jello on the shelf that expired in 1999
  4. Dad turns lights out while you’re still in the room “to save electricity”
  5. You throw away rotten fruit, and Dad yells at you for wasting food “What? Are they giving it away now??”
  6. You are responsible for setting all electronic devices in the house.
  7. Your out-of-town sister calls you form the airport to remind you that your stay there is temporary, and not to get too comfortable in their house.
  8. Cheapest bargain store toilet paper
  9. Supper is at five, sharp.
  10. Leftovers remain in play until they’re eaten by somebody.

Living with your parents: Part 308

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I’ve been a mom. I’ve been a manager. I’ve been a conniver, a manipulator, a planner, queen bee, doormat. But never— since my mom turned me out when I was 17—have I been just a daughter.

I’m so freakin’ old, I was a “Beatle Booster”, which makes my eighyish parents really, really old. They’re both tough as seal-skin boots, but I see the spark starting to flicker. Turns out, they need me here right now. Who knew? Read more »

May 24, 2009 - Blue Dog, Gardening    Comments Off

Pruning Your Forsythia – It’s Time

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Pruning Your Forsythia – It’s Time.

A link to a good article about the right way to deal with your forsythia.Why, oh why do people take hedge trimmers to every bush in their yards every fall?

Here’s the rule for spring flowering shrubs like Forsythia: They bloom on the new growth from the previous year. Trim them after they bloom in the spring and then leave them alone! If the landscaper does a ‘fall cleanup’ don’t let him near the forsythia. So whet if they don’t look like a green ball? They spread out a little. That’s their nature. Respect it.